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DEATH PENALTY PATHFINDER

DEFINITION:  “Capital punishment is the state-ordered execution of an offender who has been convicted of a crime that is punishable by death.  Capital punishment has engendered considerable controversy; and it has both staunch supporters and opponents.” (Survey of Social Science: Sociology Series) (1996)

NARROW THE TOPIC:
  • Is the death penalty effective?
  • Is the death penalty racist?
  • Is the death penalty just?
  • Should teenager killers be executed ?
  • Which is the most humane method (lethal injection,electric chair,etc)?
  • When should the death penalty be implemented?
  • Is the death penalty cost effective?
  • Should appeals be allowed in death penalty cases?
  • Should the United States have the right to execute foreigners?

ONLINE CATALOG SUBJECT HEADINGS:
  • Capital Punishment
  • Death Row
  • Executions and Executioners
  • Discrimination in Capital Punishment

SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES:

A comparative analysis of capital punishment : statutes, policies, frequencies, and public attitudes the world over / Rita J. Simon and Dagny A. Blaskovich.
by Simon, Rita James.
Lanham, Md. : LEXINGTON BOOKS, 2007, c2002.
Call #: HV8694 .S55 2007
Location: Main Stacks

Debating the death penalty : should America have capital punishment? : the experts on both sides make their best case / edited by Hugo Adam Bedau and Paul G. Cassell.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Call #: HV8699.U5 D635 2004
Location: Main Stacks

STATISTICS:

Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Capital Punishment [http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=18]

National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Capital Punishment [http://www.ncjrs.gov/app/topics/Topic.aspx?topicid=2]

ELECTRONIC INDEXES:

ProQuest
Academic Search Premier
Points of View
TOPICSearch

GOOGLE SCHOLAR: "capital punishment" (search results limited 2000 to 2010, "capital punishment" in title)

CITING YOUR SOURCES:

Avoiding Plagiarism (The Online Writing Lab OWL at Perdue University) [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/]

The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. (OWL)

EasyBib: Free Bibliography Maker [www.easybib.com]


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Mark Jackson,
Aug 12, 2010, 10:48 AM
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